A couple of weeks ago, I published my first book, Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction, Book 1 of The Ahriman Legacy (http://amzn.to/1rJjjb0). Since then, a number of people who I’ve met have asked me the same question: How did you know that writing was something that you wanted to do?
The answer to that is simple, as my husband put it a couple of days ago. I knew it in my bones.
Writing is more than a hobby to me, more than just a pastime. When the idea for Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction struck me, I had all these plans to write the story within six months. Of course, that didn’t happen, but over time, on the days that I didn’t write, I started to grow more and more unhappy.
I had all kinds of good excuses as to why I wasn’t writing. I was traveling a lot. I had more than enough coursework to fill my time in graduate school. I said things to myself like, “I can’t write tomorrow, because I have plans to spend time with BLANK.” The BLANK there can be replaced with the name of a friend, an event, or an outing in Paris or London, where I was living at the time. Or frankly just with whatever scheme for procrastination stood out at that particular moment such as an addictive television show or a new book. When it all came down to it though, I knew what I should be doing with my time. I knew that I should be writing.
Developing a regular practice took some time and work. Even now, I would say that it’s a work in progress. I write every weekday a minimum of 1700 words. Sometimes that takes five hours, and sometimes it takes two. Sometimes the ideas that I’m putting down on the paper have been in my mind for days, and others they just appear as I’m writing, without rhyme or reason. No matter what though, I put in that many words, and move my stories forward. At the moment I’m working on the sequel to Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction and hoping to have it done by the end of the summer. Then the editing and the revising will begin.
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My first novel AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at all major retailers and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://amzn.to/1rJjjb0.